Top Headlines - part 11
BUSINESS April 14, 2015 | 12:19 PM
- Battery power measured in cost per kilowatt hour
- Market wasn’t expected to reach parity with gas models until 2020
- New production to make batteries cost effective
The cost of electric-car batteries is declining faster than analysts had predicted, a study published in Nature Climate Change reveals.
Battery power is measured in kilowatts per hour. The higher the kWh the farther the battery can go on one charge. The higher the range of a battery, the less expensive it is to build electric vehicles.Read more »
BUSINESS April 13, 2015 | 12:15 PM
- Many factors determine why some vehicles take so long to sell
- Cadillac has three models on list
- Number of cars exported from U.S. rises to more than 1 million
Demand for new vehicles in the U.S. has risen sharply since the end of the recession, but not all models sell well. The average vehicles was on the dealer’s lot for 71 days in 2014, according to Kelley Blue Book data, with some models selling as quickly as 15 days and some taking as long as four months.
24/7 Wall St. took this data and used it to determine the longest turnover time. Other factors such as manufacturers' suggested retail prices, car reviews and turnover times from previous years also were taken into consideration.Read more »
BUSINESS April 9, 2015 | 11:46 AM
- Service first of its kind for Uber
- Uber to compete against local services
- Indian government, public have concerns over safety
Online cab-hailing company Uber Technologies Ltd. has launched its first auto-rickshaw service to compete against rivals in its second largest market after the U.S.
The service, launched in New Delhi, called uberAUTO, allows users to hail an auto rickshaw using Uber’s smartphone app.Read more »
BUSINESS April 8, 2015 | 11:38 AM
- Sales nearly 16% higher than 2014
- Mercedes' entire first quarter was strong
- The company to develop pickup truck with partner Nissan
German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes, owned by Daimler AG, posted its best March as global sales increased.
Last month, Mercedes sold 183,467 vehicles, a 15.7% increase from 2014.Read more »
BUSINESS April 7, 2015 | 11:45 AM
- Shares purchased from controlling shareholder
- Company had formerly been part of DuPont
- Buffet has expressed interest in other automotive investments
Billionaire investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying 20 million shares in automotive liquid-and-powder-coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. for $560 million from controlling shareholder Carlyle Group.
Berkshire’s investment is 10% of outstanding stock and gives Berkshire a 8.7% share of Axalta.Read more »
BUSINESS April 6, 2015 | 12:41 PM
- Cadillac's New CT6 on same level as Audi, Mercedes and other rivals
- New models expected in coming months, years
- Cadillac needs more SUVs to compete in growing market
General Motors’ Cadillac, the largest luxury brand in the U.S., hopes to recapture a larger share of the luxury market with a long-term plan.
The 2016 CT6 will be available later this year. It is considered to be Cadillac’s most advanced vehicle, mostly because of its aluminum construction and two engine choices.Read more »
BUSINESS April 2, 2015 | 1:10 PM
- New model to appeal to younger buyers
- Civic among top cars sold
- New features aimed at safety
Japanese auto manufacturer Honda Motor Co. debuted the 10th generation Honda Civic, concept car Type-R, in North America at the New York International Auto Show.
Honda hopes to increase company sales with the new Civic, especially among younger car buyers.Read more »
BUSINESS April 1, 2015 | 12:52 PM
- FCA saw slight increase while Ford, GM saw declines
- Japanese automakers also had mixed month
- Light-truck market still going strong
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV saw sales increase 1.7% to 197,261 vehicles, the company’s best month since 2007. The Jeep brand saw a 23% increase.Read more »
BUSINESS March 31, 2015 | 12:34 PM
- Purchase price includes licenses
- Shares jump to highest level in 20 years
- Sound systems available in luxury vehicles
American in-car multimedia systems manufacturer Harmon International Inc. has agreed to purchase the automotive side of Danish audio company Bang & Olufsen for $156 million.
The purchase price includes the licenses to use Bang & Olufsen’s brands as well as the business. Harmon will make an upfront payment and will pay $1.82 million annually for 20 years in licensing fees.Read more »
BUSINESS March 30, 2015 | 11:22 AM
- Plant part of company’s plan to reinvent itself
- Other automakers also investing in U.S. factories
- Volvo set goal of selling 100,000 vehicles in U.S.
Swedish automaker Volvo Auto Group plans to invest $500 million to build a factory in the U.S. in an effort to increase sales in the world’s second-largest auto market.
Locations in three states are being considered, and the final decision should be announced in late April.Read more »